By Audra Paine, TSB Staff
Slipping into the gym of McKinney High School, home of the Lionette volleyball team, a sense of freshness was upon it Tuesday evening. Not only was the school being remodeled, but the smell of a freshly waxed hardwood floor and the glow of gold and navy reflected a new start.
The best part of all for the home team? It pushed hard and fought for a 3-1 victory against Richardson Berkner.
After going 4-1 in the Denton Ryan Combo 4A/5A Tournament this past weekend, MHS ran onto the court with tremendous energy to defeat the Lady Rams. With a playlist of mainstream techno, Kesha, and a little upbeat alternative rock, the Lionettes rocked the house with a warm-up that matched their energy.
“We have a lot of kids that can put the ball down,” MHS coach Jessica Camp said.
As a result, the Lionettes won 25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-14.
With strong, unpredictable sets the Lionettes continued to put the ball down time after time, showing the fans that they weren’t giving up until the very last point.
All the players continued to work hard at the net, running quicks, slides and a variety of stacks, which are not easy to time correctly considering you have to time your approach and set perfectly with the other player. Not only did the Lionettes make these plays look simple but they played in such a way that made you want to be out there with them.
When asked where there might be areas of improvement Camp said, “We’re just working on getting the team clicking, getting them together to learn each others tendencies.”
After winning the first game, the rate of play changed a little as the Lady Rams pushed forward, reaching out for an opportunity to pull ahead. As the end of the second game approached, Berkner tied it up 21-21, pushing McKinney to call a timeout. Returning to the court the Lady Rams won the second game, but in doing so they sparked a fire in the Lionettes, as they would go on the win the last two games.
The aura of energy that protruded from the 2012-2013 Lionette volleyball team was one of hope. When Camp was asked what the team’s long-term goals were, she responded quickly and without hesitation.
“We want to go to playoffs, that easy,” she said.
Now, yes, most teams’ goals are to go to playoffs but what makes this team different is that its players have never been there yet. And from checking out Tuesday night’s early season performance, they could well be on their way to changing that.